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Physiological function of microglia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 August 2012

Hiroaki Wake*
Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
R. Douglas Fields
Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
Correspondence should be addressed to: Hiroaki Wake, National Institute for Basic Biology, NINS, Division of Brain Circuits, Room 384, Nishigonaka 38, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585Japan phone: +81 (564) 55-7681 fax: +81(564) 55-7684 email:


Broad interest in the rapidly advancing field of microglial involvement in forming neural circuits is evident from the fresh findings published in leading journals. This special issue of Neuron Glia Biology contains a special collection of research articles and reviews concerning the new appreciation of microglial function in the normal physiology of the brain that extends beyond their traditionally understood role in pathology.

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